The Four Pillars of Longevity and Well-Being

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition When I began my undergraduate years at the University of California-Berkeley, I chose cellular biology as my premed major. Enthused as I was with each course, I felt something was missing. Seeking an answer to my angst, I'd often take long, reflective walks around campus, through eucalyptus groves populated by cackling blue Steller's jays and verdant gardens punctuated by bright hibiscus and bougainvillea. And then it hit me: The answer was literally right under my nose. Gazing at the greenery around me, I realized how much I yearned for a more holistic and integrative perspective on the science I was studying. It's not just about Earth's living creatures; the intersection with their living environment is also integral to understanding how to optimize their wellness. My mind naturally embraced these countless interconnections with nature, which eventually led to my double major in biology and conservation of natural resources. This marriage of premed and ecology raised more than a few eyebrows at the time, but it made perfect sense to me. Flash-forward to a recent trip to Costa Rica, where I would experience an extraordinary opportunity to pair medicine and nature. I was drawn to Costa Rica for many reasons, including its protective animal and environmental policies. There is no leisure hunting, nor is there cutting down trees without the environmental ministry's approv...
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